Mysteries of Egypt
Cairo – Alexandria – Luxor – Nile Cruise (4 Nights)
Aswan – Edfou – Kom Ombo – Abu Simbel
Ultra-luxe Egypt Tour you can find
Tour: Feb 23 – Mar 06, 2022 Price: $4,295 + Tax
Inclusive of roundtrip airfares from SFO or LAX.
Fly with Emirates Airlines, one of the best airlines in the world.
Abu Simbel. Visit the temples that were built over a 25-year span
Depart from either LAX or SFO airports in the afternoon. AV Travel tour leader fly with the group.
Arrive Cairo in the evening. Egypt’s sprawling capital is set on the Nile River, the largest city in the Arab world. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC.
Your private Egyptologist tour guide will take you to Sakkara to see the prototype of the pyramids, the Step Pyramid, built for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser by the exalted architect Imhotep. Stop by a Carpet Institute and watch how the Grand Fathers of Egyptian used to wave carpets. Drive to Giza Plateau for a great photos leaning on, catching or kissing the famous pyramids. Visit from outside the Great Pyramids of Cheops (one of the original Seven Wonders of the World), Khafre and Menakaure, then the Valley Temple, and the Sphinx.
Visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, it is a large museum. The museum partially opened in February 2017 and will display a collection of 50,000 artefacts, presenting Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day. It is the first museum in Arab world that focus on the ancient Eyptian Period, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and Contemporary modern times.
Evening enjoy the Pyramids Sound & Light show. Step through a portal to ancient times, with the memorable Pyramids Sound and Light Show. The Sound Light show pyramids will take you on a journey thousands of years back, bringing the Egyptian legacy back to life! (B/L/D)
Drive to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt was built by Alexander the Great on the site of an old fishing village which had a small harbor that was sheltered by the island of Pharos. Upon arrival in Alexandria, visit the Catacomb (Kom El Shoafa), a remarkable example of the Alexandrian blend of Graeco-Roman and Egyptian styles carved into 100ft of solid rock. Next, visit the newly open Alexandria Library. In antiquity, the library at Alexandria was the largest and most important library in the world. View from the outside the Fort and Citadel of Qait Bey. Built in the 15th century by sultan Ashraf Qait Bey, legend tells the fort was built with stones from the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It now houses a navel museum. Continue to Montazah gardens, where you will have the opportunity to see, from outside only, the Montazah palace. Originally built in 1892, the palace dates from 1926 and was the summer home of the Egyptian Royal family. In the evening, enjoy a night like a local, go for dinner then sit on one of the local coffee shops nearby the Mediterranean, have a Egyptian beverage to taste and enjoy the Egyptian local drinks. (B/L/D)
Flight to Luxor. When the night comes and the moonlight covers the city, the ancient souls and spirits wake up and showcase the most hypnotic vision of heavenly allure. Under the calm and quiet nature of the moon lie the essences of allure which can be explored by an amazing horse carriage ride through the surroundings of Luxor. Feel the warmth and the grace of Luxor with a horse carriage ride around Luxor city by night. (B/D)
You can try as an option for the Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride. Get a bird’s eye view overlooking one of the world’s most attraction-packed cities during this hot air balloon ride over Luxor. See ancient landmarks like the Statue of Thebes from above as you drift over the city, illuminated by the early morning sun.
After lunch, begin touring with a visit to Karnak Temple, called by some “the Temple of Temples.” It is the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means “the most sacred of places.” The temple, or, more correctly, the complex of temples, was built over more than two thousand years by generation after generation of pharaohs. Within the complex, the great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral. Then visit the graceful Temple of Luxor built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals and dedicated to the god Amun. Afternoon check-in the five stars Luxury Nile Cruise to start a memory journey in 4 nights. (B/L/D)
After breakfast onboard, cross to the West Bank of the Nile and visit the wondrous Valley of the Kings, a vast city of the dead where the magnificent tombs of 62 pharaohs have been discovered. The tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the pharaohs. Visit several of the tombs. Next, visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This beautiful monument to the reign of the only female pharaoh rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it. On the way back to your Nile cruise, stop at the famed Colossi of Memnon, two 66ft, 1 thousand ton statues of Amenhotep III. These colossal statures were known by the ancient Greeks to emit haunting voices at dawn. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive. Dinner and party on cruise. (B/L/D)
Enjoy with the TukTok to visit to Edfou, is the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus and an ancient settlement, Tell Edfu. Back to your cruise, continue sailing to Kom Ombo. Visit Kom Ombo temple, is an unusual double temple in the town of Kom Ombo in Aswan Governorate, Upper Egypt. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC. Continue sailing to Aswan.
Take a tour of Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale. Next, proceed to the granite quarries which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples. Continue by a motor-boat ride to the Temple of Philae on the island of Agilka. The temple was dedicated to Isis, sister/wife of Osiris and patroness of the Ptolemaic rule. Sail around Elephantine Island on a felucca, the traditional Egyptian sail boat. Elephantine Island is the largest of the Aswan area islands, and is the site of some of the most ancient remains in Egypt, with artifacts dating to pre-dynastic periods. Elephantine is Greek for Elephant. In ancient times, the island was called Abu or Yabu, which also means elephant. The name may indicate that the island was once a center for the trade of ivory. Continue sailing around Kitchner Island (also known as Lord Kitchner’s Botanical Garden, Plant Island, Gizirat al-Nabatat, Plantation Island, or Gizirat al-Bustan). Lord Kitchner moved there after being given the island for his campaigns in the Sudan. He imported plants from around the world to create his famous garden. From the river you have a nice view of the Aga Khan Mausoleum, an elegant pink granite structure built in the late 1950’s. (B/L/D)
Transferred to Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Visit the temples that were built over a 25 year span and are one of the most prodigious feats of engineering in Egypt. The entire complex of temples was moved to its present location 90 feet above its old site to protect it from the rising water of the Nile when the Aswan Dam was built in the early sixties. Fly to Cairo. (B/D)
Drive to see the Citadel of Salah Din from outside, then continue to Old Cairo with hanging church, Khan Khalili. Enjoy the Farewell Dinner. Transfer to the airport for the Non-Stop flights to LAX or SFO airports. (B/D)
Arrive SFO or LAX.